About Ellie Hanson

Canada's Colour & Design Genius, Ellie Hanson transforms homes & businesses from ordinary to designer show pieces... creating a little piece of heaven on earth. Ellie specializes in Property Styling, Real Estate Home Staging, Colour & Trends Consulting, Custom Original Art, Speaking at special events.

Staging & Decorating a Luxury Home in Morgan Acres (How to deal with tan walls when painting isn’t an option)

Morgan Acres is a more recently developed pocket of luxury homes just south of Morgan Creek in South Surrey BC.

Morgan Acres - Entry Sign on 160th St. & 30th Ave. South Surrey BC.

Morgan Acres – Entry Sign on 160th St. & 30th Ave. South Surrey BC.

When I staged a beautiful $2 million dollar executive home in Morgan Acres about a year ago, every time I drove into the area I wanted to be the invisible fly on the wall and peek inside more of these two to five million dollar high end homes.

Well, wouldn’t you know, I got my chance to see another Morgan Acres home when I was called to stage it recently.  It was a huge vacant mansion on 30th Avenue going up for sale and I was brought in to work my magic.  

What I’ve discovered over the years in the Real Estate Home Staging business is that no matter how beautiful & expensive a home can be, it too can present some very familiar colour & design challenges.

Morgan Acres - 30th Ave. Family Room BEFORE staging.

Morgan Acres – 30th Ave. Family Room BEFORE staging.

Morgan Acres 30th Ave Living Room - BEFORE Staging

Morgan Acres 30th Ave Living Room – BEFORE Staging

Upon entering this stately home, I was greeted by yet another interior painted in tan.  Quite a dark tan.  This $2.8 million dollar home was spacious and beautiful, yet the challenge was to lighten up the tan walls and chocolate brown cabinets and brown floors without paint.  Even after I recommended new paint colours to give it a new fresh lighter look, I was told painting was not an option, so I had to work with it.

So many homes painted tan cause me to wonder:  Why ALWAYS tan?  Has there been a clearance sale on tan paint for the last 20 years or what?  What is this unending fixation with tan?

The beige-tan-brown trend has been going – going – GONE for 4 – 5 years already.  The challenge with decorating a house this colour is that tan lacks life & personality at a time when colour trends are going in a different, more creative direction.  Although the tans & browns have enjoyed an exceptionally long ride, tan’s earthiness is also the colour of sun scorched grass, cardboard, dirt, brown paper bags… you get the picture.  Prairie grain fields have a little more life being sun-kissed with touches of gold, so when you’re trying to look for real life examples of tan as a colour, think cardboard or brown paper bags.

Morgan Acres 30th Ave. Dining Room Before Staging

Morgan Acres 30th Ave. Dining Room Before Staging

When a colour trend is already gone or has peaked and is on a downward slide heading out, a professional colour & trends expert would avoid specifying this colour.  Some clients don’t care about colour & style longevity, so if they absolutely love tan and have furnishings to complement the look, by all means, the client should have the colours they love, especially if they’re not planning to sell & move for a long time.  Builders tend to stick with colours that have worked for them for many years and are reluctant to switch colours, even if it means continuing to use outdated colours.  After all, they’re construction-savvy, not trend-hungry.  One of my shirt-tail relatives is a real estate agent and investor/property manager.  He admitted to me that once he lands on a basic neutral colour that works reasonably well, he paints every house & apartment he buys in that exact same colour.  It’s not a matter of aesthetics, it’s all about economy.  From a colour & design perspective, this is robbing a house of its full potential, personality, & flair.  It’s such a shame that more builders, developers, and real estate investors don’t seek out the expertise of colour & trend stylists like me.  For a very reasonable investment in expert advise, they can have a colour consultation that will give them colours with longevity, that stand the test of time and look as wonderful many years down the road as they did when they were first chosen.  I see so many brand new developments that have chosen YESTERDAY’S colours.  This can easily be remedied with a colour expert on their side before they build.

Morgan Acres 30th Ave.  Kitchen with tan walls, dark brown cabinets & brown floors

Morgan Acres 30th Ave. Kitchen with tan walls, dark brown cabinets & brown floors

OK, back to my staging dilemma.  After being greeted with tan walls everywhere I looked, I wandered around the home deep in thought, trying to “FEEL” the home and not just SEE the home.  What was it telling me?  Once I had a good feel for the home, I hatched my plan.  It needed to “feel” lighter and “read” brighter.  This home was begging to be more light-hearted and softer, balancing the masculine domination with some feminine “curve appeal”.  I knew that my interior styling had to include an abundance of light coloured, ivory-cream furnishings with light gray/silver shiny & reflective accessories.  It also needed some accent colours, but nothing too bold or hard hitting since the tan & dark wood already felt hard.  It needed a softer feel with light pastel accent colours in the formal dining room and living room to balance the hardness of the tan.  Once I was convinced that my design plan was the right none, I felt like a “Home Whisperer!”

Then it was time to work on the specifics of my design plan and select every piece of furniture & accessory that would go into the home.  I knew I needed some larger area rugs to accommodate the spaceous rooms, so I bought 2 large ivory shag carpets exactly the same.  They had a slight reflective sheen to them, subtle yet noticeable when the light shone in certain directions.  Great!  Done with rugs.  I was visualizing my design plan and could hardly wait to see the actual results.

Morgan Acres - 30th Ave. Living Room Corner Vignette:  Cream sofa, coffee table, ivory shag rug, original art by Ellie Hanson, spiral tree in cream urn.

Morgan Acres – 30th Ave. Living Room Corner Vignette: Cream sofa, coffee table, ivory shag rug, original art by Ellie Hanson, spiral tree in cream urn.

 

Morgan Acres 30th Ave. Living Room Corner Vignette - cream sofa, ivory shag rug, light gray/silver lamp and end table, floral design by Ellie Hanson, silver and glass tabletop accessories.

Morgan Acres 30th Ave. Living Room Corner Vignette – cream sofa, ivory shag rug, light gray/silver lamp and end table, floral design by Ellie Hanson, silver and glass tabletop accessories.

 

Morgan Acres - 30th Ave. Living Room Corner Vignette: Soft turquoise pillar, 2 original art by Ellie Hanson, calla lily florals.

Morgan Acres – 30th Ave. Living Room Corner Vignette: Soft turquoise pillar, 2 original art by Ellie Hanson, calla lily florals.

I had everything else I needed for this home, so I started selecting & packing every piece.  We got everything moved into the home over 2 days and then spent another 2 days installing, hanging art, & placing everything in the best spot.  Cleaning & tweaking was the last phase of the staging process.

Morgan Acres - 30th Ave. Dining Room AFTER Staging:  Dining Table,  Silver crushed velvet dining chairs, 2 silver "bubble" mirrors in corner, accessories.

Morgan Acres – 30th Ave. Dining Room AFTER Staging: Dining Table, Silver crushed velvet dining chairs, 2 silver “bubble” mirrors in corner, accessories.

 

Morgan Acres - 30th Ave. Dining Room Corner Vignette AFTER Staging: 2 Bubble Mirrors, floral design by Ellie Hanson in large Mercury Glass Urn.

Morgan Acres – 30th Ave. Dining Room Corner Vignette AFTER Staging: 2 silver “bubble” mirrors, floral design by Ellie Hanson in large Mercury Glass Urn.

In luxury homes, it’s not enough to have a large living room, there has to be a family room for relaxing & watching TV, so I needed to make this family room look captivating & inviting.  Some zebra lamps & a zebra upholstered bench added intrigue along with a unique clock collage, my large ivory-white shag rug, ivory leather couch set, & accessories to give this room plenty of pizzazz.  It had to be more casual than the living room, yet still classy & high end looking.  Voila!..

BEFORE & AFTER 
Morgan Acres - 30th Ave. Family Room BEFORE staging.

Morgan Acres – 30th Ave. Family Room BEFORE staging.

 

Morgan Acres - 30th Ave. Family Room AFTER Staging: Ivory Leather sofa, ivory/white shag rug, clock collage, zebra upholstered bench/coffee table, zebra lamps, accessories.

Morgan Acres – 30th Ave. Family Room AFTER Staging: Ivory Leather sofa, ivory/white shag rug, clock collage, zebra upholstered bench/coffee table, zebra lamps, accessories.

The Breakfast Room was just off the kitchen & was also open to the Family Room, so I brought in 4 zebra chairs to accompany a round table, which coordinated beautifully with the zebra items in the adjacent family room.

Breakfast Room After Staging

Morgan Acres - 30th Ave.  Breakfast Room:  Round espresso table, 4 zebra chairs, family room in background.

Morgan Acres – 30th Ave. Breakfast Room: Round espresso table, 4 zebra chairs, family room in background.

We were on an impossible deadline, so on our final day we worked till one o’clock in the morning to get it done on time.  Needless to say, it was both physically and emotionally exhausting but we left being proud of our hard work and hoped the client could appreciate the extent to which we bent over backwards to accommodate them (in our dreams).

The Entry Hall needed some happy welcoming colours, so I departed from my soft turquoise colour theme to give people a friendly colour hug when they walked in the door.  I added colour to draw the eye up by placing 2 art pieces one above the other and by raising up the large floral design piece to sit on top of a glitzy mirrored pedestal.  I made sure there was still enough turquoise in the art to relate to the soft turquoise in the nearby living room and dining room.  This brought some welcoming friendly colours to an otherwise very neutral space.

Morgan Acres - 30th Ave.  Entry Hall AFTER Staging:  2 Art Originals by Ellie Hanson, Mirrored pedestal, & floral design by Ellie Hanson.

Morgan Acres – 30th Ave. Entry Hall AFTER Staging: 2 Art Originals by Ellie Hanson, Mirrored pedestal, & floral design by Ellie Hanson.

The Den was the only room not painted tan.  It was a trend-forward medium gray, which inspired me to create a Hollywood Glam feel in this space with the gorgeous black & white chaise lounge and accompanying yellow-green accents.  I imagined myself living there and wanting to hang out in this room, sometimes lounging with a good book or design magazine along with some chocolate covered strawberries to snack on.  Other times I could be there with my laptop or iPad getting some work done (with a little popcorn on the side).  Or I could have a little social tea party with a few friends or a brainstorming meeting with some business colleagues.  Essentially, I wanted to create a girly (yin) space in the home to balance the very masculine (yang) personality dominating the home.

The Den BEFORE & AFTER Staging

Morgan Acres - 30th Ave.  Den Before Staging - Gray walls.

Morgan Acres – 30th Ave. Den Before Staging – Gray walls.

Morgan Acres - 30th Ave.  Den AFTER Staging:  Hollywood Glam Chais Lounge, throw & boa, curly black mirror, accessories.

Morgan Acres – 30th Ave. Den AFTER Staging: Hollywood Glam Chais Lounge, throw & boa, curly black mirror, accessories.

 

What do you think of tan walls & brown cabinets?  Make some comments in the response area below.
What’s stopping you from living in your dream home?  It might even be the one you’re living in right now!  Still not sure where to begin with your decorating?  Contact us or give us a call at 604-598-1842 to schedule a colour & design consultation with Ellie Hanson. A simple consultation can do wonders to get you going in the right direction & on your way to living your dreams.

Morgan Acres - 30th Ave. Bookshelf Styling with "LIKE" hand scupture on 4 books along with armillary.

Morgan Acres – 30th Ave. Bookshelf Styling with “LIKE” hand scupture on 4 books along with armillary.

Oh TannenBOMB, How Lovely Are Your…

Sutton Hotel LobbyEmbellishments! Get designer secrets here on how the Pros decorate Christmas Trees. I went to see 10 expertly decorated Christmas Trees at Vancouver’s downtown Sutton Place Hotel. When I arrived at the hotel, I was amazed by all the cars crowding around the curved driveway. Upon opening the front door… WOW!

The lobby was buzzing with people walking in every direction. The scene was a festive wonderland, not only with the exquisitely decorated Christmas trees, but the hotel had made a big effort to decorate the lobby as well.

Since I LOVE beauty, I suddenly became slightly overwhelmed with all the visual stimulation. There was so much to see, I didn’t know where to look at first… I was experiencing some visual shock.

 

Vancouver Sutton Place Hotel Christmas 2013Then I started to break it down into bite size pieces, admiring one tree at a time and giving each one some undivided attention.As I was admiring each one, I was struck by the world around me that seemed oblivious to all this beauty. People rarely stopped to REALLY look. They all seemed to be on a mission to go somewhere else. What’s the matter with these people?So what makes a Christmas tree look good, better, or bombshell gorgeous?

Here are some designer secrets that YOU can use to get that incredible professional look:

FILL ‘ER UP!

ChristmasTree - SnowJust like filling up your glass with egg nog, you don’t want your Christmas Tree half empty. Here they really went over & above the call of duty in filling it up.

ADD VARIETY!

Christmas Tree - CircusVariety is the “spice” of life and adds visual delight. Vary the degrees of colour & texture & objects. How fun is this one…

REPETITION creates a recognizable theme.

Vintage Christmas TreeHere numerous framed photos in various sizes & subject matter repeat the same colour, creating this Vintage Vancouver themed Christmas Tree. Notice the numerous white coloured ornaments are not all the same either but consistent with colour.

MONOCHROMATIC Colour Schemes

Feather Boas Christmas TreeRepeating the same colours like white or ivory can look stunning combined with mixed metals like silver, gold, & copper. How about adding sheer tulle, plumes, or feather boa garlands & bare white branches that stick out of the tree.

SAVVY Colour Combinations!

Colourful Christmas TreeInstead of traditional red & green, try hot pink & lime green to wake up the visual taste buds, or try an analagous colour combo like hot pink, purple, & cobalt blue. How about this tree for fabulous colour…

DEPTH creates intrigue

ChristmasTreeAvoid putting everything on the outer tips of the branches, which creates a one-dimensional appearance. Intentionally insert some decorations deeper into the tree for a three-dimensional look.That doesn’t necessarily mean spending outrageously to get a designer look. I’ve often inserted oversized floral stems like poinsettias or large metallic stemmed leaves or very wide sheer ribbon deeper into the tree to create more depth. Then once you add ornaments, it looks so much fuller.

LIGHT it up like a PRO!

EntireTree Create depth with your LIGHTS… Not all the lights should be on the outer tips of the branches which creates a one-dimensional look. Instead, you can create more interest with a three-dimensional professional look. Here’s how…

A number of years ago I learned the professional method of applying lights to Christmas Trees. The idea is to wind the lights around each branch so the lights go deep inside and back out along each branch of the tree. This is the way to permanently apply lights to your trees so you never have to add lights again. Your Christmas Trees get stored with lights firmly attached and then all you need to do each year is add the decorations. It’s a beautiful idea!

I not only did this for all 5 of my Christmas Trees (one of which is 10 feet tall), but I did this for a company some years ago that had 6 locations and wanted a decorated tree in each location. I had a blast shopping & decorating from one location to the next.

P-XmasTree:Masque-IMG_2073The professional method of applying lights is painstaking work but well worth the effort because you only have to do it ONCE! Some people have asked me to give them lessons on how to do this since most people can’t figure out some of the tricks involved in the process. For instance: How do you make sure you don’t have a whole bunch of lights left over at the end when you finish applying lights to your final branch? That actually sounds more like a tutorial or workshop rather than a blog post.

 

If you’d like to get more Christmas Tree decorating inspiration, head to downtown Vancouver to the Sutton Place Hotel to enjoy their beautiful Christmas Trees first hand. There’s nothing like capturing “the experience” which requires being there & absorbing it through all your senses. You can also vote for your favourite tree by donating $5 to charity.

 

Candleholders on fireplace Still not sure where to start with your decorating? You can always give us a call at 604-598-1842 or contact us at NexTrendDesign.com & schedule a colour & design consultation with Ellie Hanson. Simple consultations can do wonders to get you going in the right direction & help you live your dreams.
Merry Christmas!

 

 

ANNOUNCING: PANTONE’S 2014 COLOUR OF THE YEAR…

Pantone COTY 2014 Radiant Orchid!  

The captivating, magical and enchanting Radiant Orchid.  An invitation to innovation, modern and versatile Radiant Orchid encourages creativity and originality.  Imbued with a harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and its rosy undertones emanate great joy, love and health. 

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute™ has been designating a Color of the Year to express in color what is taking place in the global zeitgeist.  A color that will resonate around the world, the PANTONE Color of the Year is a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that color can help to answer.  Not necessarily the hot fashion color of the moment, but a color crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers.
 
2014 COTY Pantone SampleLed by executive director Leatrice Eiseman, the Pantone team combs the world looking for future design and color influences, watching out for that one color seen as ascending and building in importance through all creative sectors. Influences can include the entertainment industry, upcoming films, art, emerging artists, travel destinations and socio-economic conditions.  Influences may also stem from technology, lifestyles + playstyles, new textures and effects that impact color, and events that capture worldwide attention. 
Watch for a surge of products in this color hitting the marketplace during 2014.  
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Not sure how to coordinate your favourite colours or the latest trend colours into your home or work space?  Contact us at NexTrendDesign.com or 604-598-1842 to get a colour & design consultation with Ellie Hanson, colour & design expert.
 

3 Crucial Steps to Selling & The Risks of Not Getting the Order Right

We all want our “dream home” whether we’re selling or buying or staying put.  Why not make those dreams come true with expert advice…
Living Room 69Ave Surrey

Living Room 69Ave Surrey

Learn the 3 crucial steps to selling your home & the risks you take if you don’t get the order right.

Do you dream of buying something brand new or buying something different than you already have?  Maybe you’ve spotted a property that you think would be IDEAL for you & your family.

Are you feeling “stuck” with what you’ve got because you don’t think your ideal home is out there somewhere?  So what’s stopping you from getting what you really want?  YOUR dreams CAN come true if you rise up and make some decisions.  Indecision is really saying NO to your dreams.  Most of us need to take some action to realize our dreams.  Your dream home will rarely fall into your lap, so you might need to sell in order to buy into your dream home.
Candleholders on fireplace

Candleholders on fireplace

I recommend giving a LOT of thought to what will REALLY make you happier.  It may NOT mean selling & moving.  If it does mean moving from your home, then you need to make that big decision to sell, bite the bullet and take action.  Making plans to sell your home needs to be a well thought out decision and one that you’re absolutely sure about.  You don’t want to have any regrets.  Can you imagine moving into your next home & forever wishing you were “back there” again?  Moving forward without any regrets is extremely gratifying, so take the time you need to mentally & emotionally prepare to let go and move on.  Once you’re ready to sell, the rest is really just a lot of logistical detail that needs to be done in order to make it happen.

But don’t fret, there’s help available every step of the way.  Once you’re ready to sell, interview several real estate agents and find out what they offer for marketing your home most effectively.  One of my top recommendations is to ask if they offer staging services as part of their marketing package.  That is actually one of the very best things a realtor can do to help home owners sell their home successfully.  BUT, it’s crucial to get the process in the right order.

Entryway Before Staging -69 Ave Surrey

Entryway Before Staging -69 Ave Surrey

Here’s the right order in 3 basic steps:

1.  Make a firm decision to sell.  Let go emotionally & start seeing your home as a product to be marketed that’s competing with many other homes in your area.  After all, you want top dollar for it, so it has to look better than most in order to be memorable.  After buyers have seen 25 houses, will they even remember yours?  Will it be in their top 3 list?

2.  Interview at least 3 real estate agents and hire one.  Ask them many questions & get familiar enough with them to get some assurance on who’s the best fit for you & who’ll do the best job for you.  One of the questions should be whether they offer staging services or not.  Staging services offer home sellers a BIG advantage, so this is a very important question to get answered.

3.  Staging Occupied Homes vs. Vacant Homes…

Entryway After Staging -69Ave Surrey

Entryway After Staging -69Ave Surrey

Occupied Homes:  If you’re living in the home while you’re selling, ask your agent for a DIY Staging Consultation as a minimum.  This consultation generally takes 1.5 – 2.5 hours for a Property Stylist to come in to advise you on what to do in every room in your home.  You can take notes and will have DIY homework to do later to implement all the recommendations.  A  DIY Staging Consultation gives you the biggest bang for the smallest buck in the selling process.  You may also need to consider renting furniture & accessories from the Property Stylist to help show your home at its best.  Working with your own furnishings, the Property Stylist can recommend which items you should consider renting and which of your items could stay in the home.  It’s not uncommon to move furnishings & accessories from one room to another to create better visual appeal for selling.  This is all a guided process with a Property Stylist who’ll take the sellers’ confusion & overwhelm out of the equation with this simple consultation.  It’s an ideal service for home sellers, particularly if the real estate agent covers the cost for it instead of the home owner.  Typically, the cost is around $150 – $250 in Greater Vancouver BC.

Dining Room -69 Ave Surrey

Dining Room -69 Ave Surrey

3.  Vacant Homes:  If the home will be vacant for selling, ask your real estate agent for a Staging Estimate to furnish it, either partially or completely, to give it show home status.  Your professionally redesigned home may just be someone else’s dream come true.  Homes that offer heightened perceived value translate into higher selling prices, faster sales, and often create bidding wars.  Real Estate Statistics prove that staged homes sell faster & for higher prices than non-staged homes.  It should have you laughing all the way to the bank.  The price of staging a home is always less than the first price reduction & can eliminate price reductions altogether.  The price range varies depending on how many rooms will be staged, so anywhere from $2500 and up is typical for staging vacant properties in Greater Vancouver BC.  It’s an investment that generally offers BIG rewards.

A BIG WARNING:  Ignoring the right order in Real Estate selling can cost you a lot of money.  For example, some people decide that this order isn’t important, so they list their home for a few months to “wait & see” if it’ll sell without any staging or aesthetic improvements or design expertise put into it.  They say they’ll consider staging if it doesn’t sell in a few months.  There are several negative consequences for implementing this line of thinking…

Family Room Before Stg -69Ave Surrey

Family Room Before Stg -69Ave Surrey

First of all, this is a triple-whammy!  New listings get almost ALL the attention from buyers looking intently for their dream home.  When buyers see homes that have been on the market for several months that don’t have instant eye-appeal, those homes are quickly dismissed & bypassed in search for new listings that look “hot” & exciting.  Not only will older listings be bypassed, the buyer wonders why it hasn’t sold and begins to think there’s something wrong with it that’s preventing it from selling.  No buyer wants to buy the home that has problems associated with it.  It may be an entirely incorrect assumption, but that’s buyer psychology at work.

FAMILY ROOM AFTER Staging -69 Ave Surrey

FAMILY ROOM AFTER Staging -69 Ave Surrey

To make things worse, older listings will get lower offers because of all of the above.  If it hasn’t sold for several months, buyers will tend to think they can get away with low ball offers if they think the seller could be getting desperate to sell.  Then the seller is forced to start implementing price reductions in order to get more buyer interest and the situation becomes a steady downhill spiral.

I see this happening like clockwork!   It’s so predictable, it’s scary.  Yet home sellers do it over & over & over again.  So my advice is to make sure you get it all in the right order to give yourself the best chance of success:

Master Bedroom -69 Ave Surrey

Master Bedroom -69 Ave Surrey

Be absolutely sure you want to sell, hire the right realtor, get professional staging advice on marketing your home to its best advantage.

Ellie Hanson, NexTrendDesign.com

How Ellie Hanson Uses Virtually Any Photo for Color Consultations

A wonderful new tool has made Ellie Hanson’s Color Consultations more exciting by using almost any photo.  It really can be a photo of just about anything.  If you love all the colors in the image, then at NexTrend Design, we can use it to create your next interior design color scheme.  I’ll show you exactly what I mean.

Here’s my photo of a RED DOOR from a Vancouver church

Red Door Church1             

(not bad photography, eh?)                                                                                                             

Now see my photo transformed into a paint colour palette for interior spaces… here

Scroll down on my Stylyze site to see several more of my own personal photos to give you a few more colour scheme ideas for interiors or exteriors.  Stylyze is a wonderful tool for Colour Designers & Property Stylists like me.

FREE OFFER  – TAKE ACTION.  (PLUS AN EXTRA BONUS OFFER)

Here’s a FREE OFFER to give you an injection of colour inspiration:  How about sending me YOUR photo that captures colours you adore and I’ll create a Stylyze Colour Scheme for you.  This FREE offer is open to the first 20 submissions/photos I get.  You can send 1 – 3 photos & I’ll choose ONE per person to Stylyze & publish.  Offer open till Dec. 15, 2013.  

EXTRA BONUS OFFER:  As a Thank You for  “LIKING” NexTrend Design on Facebook, I’ll Stylyze a 2nd photo for you.  (Just click Blue Social Media bottom at top right of my home page to land on my NexTrend Design’s Facebook Page, enjoy looking around & then click “Like”)

Here’s what to do next:

1.  Go to the “Contact me” page on my website & write “Please Stylyze My Photo” in the subject line.  In the message area write a description of your photo & briefly explain why you want it Stylyzed into a colour scheme.  

2.  I’ll personally respond & email you some information.  (some guidelines & restrictions apply, so photos need to be your own originals, royalty-free jpegs of publishable quality & subject matter.)

3.  Email me with answers to a few questions and attach your photo.

4.  I’ll create a Stylyze colour scheme for you & publish it on my Stylyze site.  I’ll be in touch with an announcement when your Stylyzed Colour Palette is published.

5.  Spread the word & share this with your friends, family, & colleagues so that they can also submit their photo to be Stylyzed.  Then encourage your friends to see your published Stylyzed photo.  Your photo’s colours could determine the next new colour scheme for your home or business.  Stylyze Colour Scheming is not only great fun, it’s incredibly inspiring and it’s eye-opening colour information you can actually USE.  Thank you, Stylyze, for a great design tool!

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Need help with colour?  Get an interior or exterior colour consultation for your home, business, or restaurant.  It’s far less costly than colour mistakes like choosing yesterday’s colours.  Hint:  The brown & tan trend is OVER! …Builders please take note.  More colour info here

Selling your home?  We’re helping home owners, real estate agents, & relocation companies across Greater Vancouver sell homes faster & for the best price with proven home staging techniques & our unique training in trends & colour marketing psychology.  Staging info here